The Performance Kitchen is a brand born out of the passion for food and performance and the lessons and experiences of working with athletes at all levels. We are a team of performance nutritionists, athletes, cooks and explorers applying the science of nutrition on plates and bowls around the country. We aim to stay at the forefront of performance nutrition by using up to date science and athlete knowledge in the field to evolve our practice and product range.

Our Team

Oryx Gazella
Gemsbok. African Icon. Nutritional Inspiration.

This powerful and handsome antelope is native to Southern Africa. It is superbly adapted to its environment with unique nutritional characteristics. A low metabolic rate and reduced need for fluid allows the Gemsbok to attain most their hydration needs from moisture within the small volumes of food they eat. Gemsbok are able to minimise sweat loss by allowing their body temperature to rise above that of the environment and then dissipate that heat at night. A network of veins in a Gemsbok nose cools the blood flowing to the brain to prevent overheating. Gemsbok are also unique in their approach to teamwork with herds consisting of multiple males and females in contrast to other species’ dominant male control.

Adrian Penzhorn
founder. Performance Nutritionist. Dietician. Sport Scientist. Passionate Cook.

Adrian completed his Bachelor of Science undergraduate degree at Stellenbosch University while pursuing rugby and cricket ambitions before traveling Europe and the club rugby scene abroad. His subsequent work as a physiologist in London ignited a desire to study nutrition further and he returned to South Africa to complete his Medical Honours in Dietetics and Nutrition. He has been in private practice and consulting since, combining this knowledge with a passion for food. Adrian has worked with recreational athletes and elites to develop a dynamic approach to performance nutrition and founded The Performance Kitchen as a solution to the needs of athletes. He has worked with provincial and national rugby players, national footballers, professional teams and podium finishers in triathlon, cycling and mountain biking and translates this experience into performance solutions.